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How to Alleviate Back Pain Whilst Travelling

Sometimes long trips are unavoidable, especially if you love travelling to long haul tropical destinations. Whether you’re a long term backpacker or have a long road trip coming up for work, you should take time to consider your spine health. Sitting in a car or on a plane for a long period of time can be uncomfortable and lead to ongoing back pain for the duration of your trip.

Deal with Back Pain on Holiday

If you already suffer from back pain, then you will dread long car journeys or flying because you know that sitting for long periods of time can make it worse. Being in one position can stiffen the muscles in your back and cause aches and pains. However, there are some things you can do to alleviate the discomfort and avoid an episode of chronic back pain. Here are some top tips from the Canary Wharf chiropractors.

Use supportive cushions

Sitting correctly is really important for keeping your spine happy, yet many car seats and airplane seats aren’t designed well to correctly align the body. You want to sit up straight in the seat, with both feet firmly on the floor and the knees on level with or slImage of Airplane travel Causing Back Painightly higher than the hips. With limited leg room on planes we know this is difficult. Bring a cushion or roll up a scarf to place between your lower back and the back rest, which adds extra support to your spine. If travelling in a car or coach, always make sure you feel comfortable and the seat is adjusted for you before setting off.

Move as much as you can

The main culprit that causes back pain is sitting still for too long. If you can’t stand up and walk around during your journey, at least try and change your position every 20 minutes or so. There are also stretches and small movements you can do while in your seat – clench your buttock muscles, roll your ankles and stretch up with your arms to keep the muscles awake. It’s easy for your back to stiffen up on a long flight or car journey. If you are driving, be sure to stop every couple of hours for a walk around and a stretch.Image of Train Station Travel Causing back Pain

Pack light

The last thing you need after a long journey which has aggravated your back is heavy luggage. Try to lift your luggage as little as possible, and when you do always bend your knees and use your legs to lift rather than your back. Pack light – how many books are you really going to get through in a week? Can you pick some up at the hotel instead? Just because the airline offers 30kg of luggage allowance doesn’t mean you should pack enough for six weeks. If you’re unloading luggage out of the boot of a vehicle be extra careful and ask for help to share the load on your back.

Planning a long haul journey? Follow these tips to keep your back safe during the trip, and beforehand you may want to consider preventative chiropractic treatment.

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Alternative Health Services in East London

Alternative health therapies and holistic health services are growing in popularity. Perhaps someone has a long standing health condition which doctors can’t diagnose, or they are simply fed up of the negative side effects of medication. There are many reasons why people choose to explore alternative health remedies, and in some cases they are successful in reducing chronic pain or improving overall health and wellbeing.

Complementary health treatments vary from physical techniques such as cupping or traditional massage, to complementary natural medicines which are shunned by the health profession. People looking for a cure for their chronic illness have a range of options in East London.

Alternative Health in London

Acupuncture

Deriving from ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture is recognised as a complementary alternative medicine (CAM). It is usually performed to treat pain related illnesses, including migraine and chronic neck pain. Acupuncture in East London is performed by physiotherapists, chiropractors and some doctors and is sometimes available on the NHS. The traditional form of acupuncture is based on the belief of energy (qi) running through the body. Acupuncture is thought to reinstate the flow of qi through the body and therefore restore health.

Cupping therapy

While slightly controversial, many athletes and celebrities have popularised cupping therapy. This type of physical medicine also has its roots in China, and dates back 5,000 years. Many doctors are sceptical of the treatment, which can be used for a wide range of ailments and also to improve fertility and reduce cellulite. However, fans of the alternative treatment include tennis star Andy Image of alternative health treatmentMurray, Olympian Michael Phelps, and A-listers Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston.

Kinesio Taping

Seen on many athletes, Kinesio tape was developed to help people with sports injuries but also regular patients with back pain and other complaints. The adhesive tape supports joints and muscles without restricting the range of movement, which is why it is so popular with professional sports players. It provides comfort and support to areas of concern, yet apparently there is still not enough science to back it up – so it remains a complementary manual treatment.

Reiki

A reiki healer channels universal energy through their hands and passes it onto the client with a gentle touch. Reiki is said to accelerate natural physical and mental healing, and is therefore used to treat a wide variety of illnesses including arthritis, back pain, migraine and anxiety.

This is just a short selection of the alternative health therapies available in East London. Search for your nearest holistic health centre or chiropractic surgery for more information.

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Why is Chronic Back Pain so Difficult to Cure?

Back pain is a huge problem worldwide, and many people suffer chronic back pain long term because it’s very difficult to diagnose and treat. Lower back pain affects 1 in 10 people according to researchers from all over the world, and is becoming increasingly common. Experts think the modern lifestyle is the main cause of back pain – a combination of lack of exercise, too much sitting, bad posture and some types of jobs could also be to blame.

Most of us will experience an episode of back pain at some point in our lives. However for some individuals, the pain is persistent and difficult to treat. There are many different underlying causes of back pain, so it’s important to establish the problem before a GP or back specialist can recommend treatment.

Here’s a few reasons why treating back pain is so difficult.

Difficult to diagnose

There’s a number of different types of back pain and it’s difficult to tell what patients are feeling. There is no test which can perfectly identify back pain and recognise if it relates to an underlying condition, so doctors often have to rely on descriptions of the pain. Someone with chronic back pain could be suffering from sciatica, a slipped disc or non-specific back pain and an accurate diagnosis could take some time.

Image of girl with back painLack of understanding for chronic back pain treatment

Most people know that back pain is a common problem and that it often goes away on its own within a few weeks. The majority of sufferers manage the pain with painkillers – but don’t seek advice or treat the root cause of the pain. There isn’t enough awareness about the wide range of back pain treatments available, including manual therapy, physiotherapy and specific exercise and stretch programmes.

Trial and error

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for general back pain, and people are likely to respond to different treatments. The back has many different muscles, joints and tissues so it can be hard to target the exact area which is causing the pain. There is always more than one option available, so if the first recommended treatment didn’t really have an effect, go back to your doctor and ask for something different. It’s trial and error for most people – sometimes a combination of treatments works well.

Ignoring the symptoms

Many people are reluctant to visit a doctor with back pain – some people prefer the grin and bear it approach. However, ignoring the symptoms can only make the problem worse. Sufferers who are having a ‘bad day’ with their pain may choose to stay off work and lie in bed all day. This is only making the back pain more intense, and other ill informed decisions like these can prolong the episode of back pain. If you see a GP or chiropractor straight away, they can advise certain treatments and give general tips for avoiding pain in the future.

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Common Sports Injuries and how to Avoid Them

Taking part in sports is a great way to stay active and for many it’s a lifelong hobby or profession. However, the trouble with popular sports such as football, rugby, tennis and gymnastics is that you risk a serious injury. Some sports injuries heal themselves but others will need specialist treatment, and you may find the same body parts cause recurring problems. Of course the best thing to do is try and avoid injuries altogether with preventative treatment and safe training. Read more

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How to Maintain Good Posture

You probably remember as a child being told to “Stop slouching in your chair!” and to “Stand up straight!” At the time it was irritating, but all those years later you’re starting to realise the importance of a good posture.  Poor sitting and standing habits can cause muscle tension and over time, create discomfort and chronic pain illnesses. Bad posture takes a toll on the whole of your body – your spine, neck, shoulders, hips and knees. Actively maintaining a good posture and trying to correct common habits can really help long term health. Read more

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Which Healthcare Providers Cover Chiropractic Care?

Because chiropractic treatment is a specialist treatment, you will need to cover the costs of consultations and treatment sessions. There are two ways to do this – either by claiming the cost of treatment through your private health insurance policy or by self-paying. Chiropractic care is well recognised by many private healthcare providers, so you often don’t have to pay a penny upfront.

Healthcare Providers and Chiropractors

If you are a member of a healthcare provider such as BUPA, or have health insurance as a work benefit, you will most likely be eligible for treatment. It is important to check your individual policy, however these are some of the most popular healthcare providers we have worked with to ensure the cost of the client’s treatment is covered. Read more

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Why Office Work Makes a Chiropractor Essential

We’re often told not to sit for too long and stay active – but what if your job requires sitting at a desk all day? A lot of office based jobs are being blamed for poor physical health, in addition to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Sitting at a computer screen all day and a TV screen all night is taking its toll – and the figures prove it.

The British Chiropractic Association conducted a survey of British adults, and the findings reveal that adults, especially men, are experiencing back pain from a younger age. 82% of men surveyed admitted to having back or neck pain, up from 75% the year before. Alarmingly, the average age for a man to visit a chiropractor is 37, which is dropping from previous years. The main cause is this sedentary lifestyle – men are nowhere near as active as they were in previous generations. Read more

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5 Ways to Kill Back Pain Without Medication

When back pain strikes, it is tempting to choose the fastest pain relief, which is usually over the counter painkillers. However, as chronic back pain is usually a long term issue with a number of underlying causes, medication is not going to get to the root of the problem. It also only offers short term relief, and you can’t rely on pills forever.

There are many ways to kill back pain without medication, but many people don’t explore them with an open mind. Whether you stock up on over the counter pain killers or visit your GP for something stronger, you’ll be masking the symptoms of back pain rather than treating the causes. Read more

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5 Ways to Beat Migraines

According to the Migraine Trust, around one in seven people suffer from migraines worldwide, and the severity of a migraine attack can differ greatly. There is currently no cure for the disease, which is estimated to cost the NHS £150 million each year on GP visits and prescription drugs. It often remains undiagnosed and under treated, even though a migraine attack can leave people seriously ill for 72 hours. Read more

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How a Chiropractor can Help

Chiropractors are known for providing alternative treatment for back pain and other ailments – but how exactly do they help the symptoms? Chiropractors use their hands to treat aches and pains in the bones, joints and muscles, using a range of techniques including spinal manipulation. Chiropractic is a manual therapy and is an approved treatment of back pain, neck pain and more.

Take a look at some of these common complaints and how seeing a chiropractor can help reduce the pain. Read more